Jacques Perreault is joining Brightspark as Senior Partner, after spending 10 years at Desjardins Capital where him and his team managed to generate exits of more than $1.25 billion.
What a year it's been! We are thrilled with both our portfolio and Brightspark's own growth.
Last week, we announced that Brightspark has closed a $6 million financing round led by Kensington Capital Partners. This is a direct investment into our infrastructure, to fuel our growth. We have included a press release below, and you can read more about the news in the Globe and Mail, MTL in Tech, and CanTech Letter.
About a month ago, I attended the National Angel Capital Organization World Investment Summit. For three days, more than 500 investors and community members met in Montreal to discuss innovation in the Canadian investment ecosystem.
Growth companies often go through multiple rounds of financing. These range from raising growth capital, to expanding into new markets, or sometimes funding a pivot..
We’ve been through all the ups and downs and we’ve learned a lot along the way. We’ve learned about what works and what doesn’t, and about what makes a great Venture Capital investment. Curious by nature, we constantly experimented, taking on many forms over the years.
Brexit, Donald Trump, and the rise of the alt-right in Europe have been at the top of our entrepreneurs’ and investors’ minds this past year. With shifting political realities worldwide, many entrepreneurs are evaluating how these changes may affect their business strategies.
It’s no secret that an increasing number of individuals are looking to invest in startups. The rise of crowdfunding platforms, syndicates and hybrid investment models in Canada is a good indication that the startup investing scene is alive and well.
Still, many individual investors are passing on early-stage companies as an asset class. Often, their hesitation stems from a couple of things...
Hundreds of investors and leaders in the Canadian technology industry came together at the Brightspark Investor Summit. Despite the rain, the energy in the MaRS auditorium remained undampened!
In February, we released our 10-year net IRR: 66%, beating the S&P 500 almost tenfold.
We’re certainly not the first to beat the stock market, so I wondered: what do all the people “beating the stock market” have in common?
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